Cover of Nano Education Journal Features Fisher Research

June 8, 2017

A collaborative research effort by three St. John Fisher College faculty members was featured on the cover of the December issue of the Journal of Nano Education.

A collaborative research effort by three St. John Fisher College faculty members was featured on the cover of the December issue of the Journal of Nano Education.

Dr. Kermin Martínez-Hernández, assistant professor of chemistry; Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, general chemistry lab coordinator; and Dr. Fernando Ontiveros, assistant professor of biology, published the study, “Implementation and Assessment of Student-Made Microfluidic Devices in the General Chemistry Laboratory.”

Their work describes the development of a novel microfluidic platform and its use in the General Chemistry Laboratory. Microfluidic devices are used in a variety of applications in both research laboratories and consumer products, like glucose monitors.

Construction of microfluidic chips usually requires advanced equipment and expertise. The technology developed at Fisher, however, has successfully been used in the classroom at the high school and college level. Its affordability and ease of use facilitate student access to the growing field of microfluidics by allowing them to design, build, and test their own devices.

Sample devices are featured on the front cover of the journal, displaying their small footprint and ultra-thin profile.

The faculty involved in the study expect to apply this technology to other educational efforts and plan to explore its use in the development of diagnostic tools for the developing world.

To learn more about the study, visit:
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/asp/jne/2016/00000008/00000002/art00002;jsessionid=111714g7fa0qd.x-ic-live-03